Thursday, September 29, 2016

A day in my life (Exchange student at NCCU)

It's been almost a month here in Taiwan now and I thought I should jot down what I do on most days here.

On days when I have classes, I will eat breakfast. This is the canteen right below my dorm, it's called 安九 ("Enjoy"). There's quite a lot of variety here, from economy rice to soup noodles.

This is the stall I usually order from for breakfast. They have toast, 蛋饼 (which is like roti canai), mee...etc. But I usually just order toast. Yes I know their toast looks rather white and not...toasted, but I promise it's crunchy. That's my matcha green tea toast for NT$15 (about RM2).

Or, I sometimes take breakfast at Hi-Life, which is kinda like another ty pe of 7-11 here. They usually have sets like a sandwhich and a drink will cost about NT$49 (about RM6.50). We do have a 10% student discount here, and they have ATM machines to let us withdraw money.

And then it's time to fight a spot on the bus. I live in a dorm uphill, so I usually take the bus down. It costs NT$1 (RM0.13) per bus ride. In the mornings, the bus comes every 20 mins. After 6pm, the bus comes every 10 mins.

On weekdays when everyone has classes, there will be a super long queue. If you're lucky and in the first 13 to line up, you will get a seat. If not, just stand lah. It's only like a 4 mins ride down. But the roads are quite winding, so gotta hold on tight.

This is the Faculty of Commerce, which is my faculty. It is about 9 or 10 stories high. It's really big as compared to my faculty back in UM.

I am taking 4 subjects, a total of 12 credit hours. The pictures below are what my classes look like. So far I still havent entered my Money and Banking class yet because during the 1st week, it was the Mid-Autumn festival holidays, then last week my lecturer had personal matters.

Organizational Behaviour class

Investment class
Service Marketing class

Their class timings here are quite unique. Classes start 10 mins later than stated time. Meaning if it says class starts at 9am, it actually starts at 9.10am. Then every 50 mins of class, we will get a 10 mins break. There's a school bell that actually rings during break times. It's pretty cool. haha. Feels like primary/secondary school all over again.

Finding food is not a problem here. This is the street right outside of my Uni, a lot of restaurants and shops here, everything is walking distance.

This is one of my favourite restaurants to eat. It's called 左撇子 and their rice here is really good! Mostly costs NT$75 (about RM10).

There is also a building in our Uni that has a lot of different varieties of food stalls selling food. First floor is where most students eat at. 2nd and 3rd floor are the more expensive and atas kind of food, so we don't eat there.

Of course there are days where I need to do laundry. Other than washers, they have dryers. Their washer and dryer here have the same 6 settings to choose from (perm press, white coloured clothes, normal clothes, delicates, wool...etc). Washers only take 30 mins, while dryers take 45 mins. Dryers are so useful! Your clothes really come out fully dried (except those thicker ones, still have to hang those). And for the record, it only costs NT$20 (about RM2.50) to use both.

 On weekends or even weekdays when we don't have classes, we head out to explore!

Visiting Ah Siang & Evonne at NTU (National Taiwan University)
Shilin Night Market

So far I have adapted to the life here in Taiwan. Getting used to the food (still will miss nasi lemak and asam laksa though), their way of life, how they speak...etc. Hope to explore more of Taiwan and get to know this beautiful country better :)

P.S: No more typhoons please. I think we have experienced it enough. haha
P.P.S: Read my other posts about my exchange life in Taiwan here

 Find me on:  Instagram  l  Dayre  l Bloglovin  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Places to visit in TaiChung / 台中景点

Can't believe that we have the chance to start travelling around Taiwan, somewhere other than Taipei in the 1st week that we are here! Thanks to my buddy Yu-Cheng, we got to visit his house at Taichung (台中)!

First time sitting a bus from Taipei Main Station (台北车站) to Chaoma (朝马), which is a slightly outskirt area in TaiChung. Their buses are equipped with TV screens and USB charging ports for us to charge our phones. There's even a toilet in the bus! I am impressed!

Taichung Wang Gao Liao Lookout Point (台中望高寮)

This lookout point right behind my buddy's house, so that was our first stop. We got to see the whole of TaiChung from up here.

It's a really nice place to just chill and hangout. Or paktor! haha. 

Best of all? Entrance fee : F.O.C!

Spotted these 3 cute dogs that look like triplets with their owner. Dogs in Taiwan are so well behaved. Even stray ones!

Gaomei Wetlands (高美湿地)

The next day, the first place we went was 高美湿地. Gaomei Wetlands is a piece of land mixed with sand and soil textures. 

There have been many windmills that were destroyed by a typhoon.  
With Yu-Cheng
Many crabs and mud skippers

There's like a walkway for you to walk and at the end of it you can take your shoes off and experience the wetlands itself! No need to be too worried about your shoes, Taiwan is pretty safe. haha. But wearing slippers will be better. 

If we have the chance to go again I think I will opt to go during the evening to catch the sunset!

Entrance fee: F.O.C!

Tunghai University - Luce Memorial Chapel (东海大学)

The infamous chapel located in Tunghai University. Many people just come and take pics of this quirky looking building. Apparently it still functions! Doubt a lot of people can fit in it though as it's quite small.

Taichung Rainbow Village (台中 彩虹眷村)

Story of this village: The Taiwanese government started tearing down veteran villages one by one. Then one of the last village resident, Mr Huang, decided to paint the village with really bright colours and filled it with animals, cartoons...etc. When it was discovered, students from a university nearby and other locals started to protest the gov's actions. Which led to this village being preserved and is now an attraction.

Okay to be honest I expected this place to be really big, turns out to be just a quaint little village. haha. Nonetheless, it's still very very pretty. Really in awe at how much work and effort this must have took!

Entrance fee? FOC again! Unbelievable right!?

Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市)

Vistited this night market 2 years ago when I was here. It's the biggest night market in Taiwan. We were there on a Saturday night, which means super super super crowded! There's a lot of really nice boutiques selling nice and affordable clothes, but too bad didn't have much energy after a whole day of travelling. 

Anyway, we had the very famous 明伦蛋饼, which is something like roti telur in my opinion. haha. Also had 刀割羊肉面 (lamb with noodles) and 酸辣汤 (sour + spicy soup). The noodles were delicious, the soup needed some getting used to, but it tastes good too after you're used to it. The texture is like shark fin's soup, and the vinegar taste is quite strong.

Bonus part of our trip was getting to see the night view of the place where the rich stays in Taichung. It's located right opposite the National Taichung Theater.

Overall Taichung was great! Would suggest spacing out the visits to the attractions in 2 days. This is so that you can save the night market for another day, instead of doing everything in one. We used the bus to travel in Taichung. Its really cheap and can even be free! Because you don't have to pay if you travel within 6km in Taichung, which is pretty much everywhere we went. Also, you may notice that all the attractions DO NOT have any entrance fee, which is awesome!

Hope to go back there some day, especially Fengjia Night Market for some shopping! :D

 Find me on:  Instagram  l  Dayre  l Bloglovin